This Isn’t What I Expected – Overcoming Postpartum Depression (4)

The fourth chapter is titled “I’m Falling Apart”:  Coping Techniques.  I am really enjoying how this book says it like it is … no blowing smoke up your ass or sugar coating of anything … much needed.

–  “The challenges of everyday life are often overpowering when you have PPD.  Sometimes, priorities get all out of whack.  Big things slip through the cracks, and little things are blown way out of proportion.  There is too much to do, too litle time, and too little energy.  And there are way too many expectations.”
–  “The very first step is to realize that everything will not get done.  It is as simple as that.  Something has to give.  Once you understand this fundamental truth, you will be able to make some choices about what you can let go of, and how to establish healthy expectations for yourself and for others.”
–  “Learn how to distinguish your needs from someone else’s, and don’t back off at the first sign of disagreement.”
–  “Accept the fact that someone you care about will often not like the limits you set.”
–  “Admit that you are different right now from how you usually are.”
–  “Acknowledge that you have needs because you are an individual – not merely someone else’s mother, wife, daughter, sister, employee, boss or neighbor.”
–  “Recognize the difference between asserting yourself and being selfish or inconsiderate.”
–  “Having other children when you are suffering from PPD is a major source of stress that deserves special attention.  The jealousy toddlers and preschoolers feel toward a new baby is all too common and can easily get on your nerves.  To make matters worse, with PPD, your temper flares very easily and your ability to tolerate sibling rivalry goes way down.”

~ by cmb0414 on May 10, 2010.

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